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Farming

Meat price may disappoint

Lamb carcases. Sheep and beef farmers warming their hands in advance of better sheepmeat prices have been warned they might be disappointed.

Smart switch could save lives

Southland Times photo The scientific smarts of a young Southlander could save lives on farms.

Rare herd for sale

Colin Lyon with one of his braunvieh cows he farms near Pleasant Point. Colin Lyon hopes someone with the same passion as him will take on his rare Swiss breed of beef cattle to bigger things.

Mild winter kick starting season

Dairy cows Canterbury farmers smarting from falling milk prices are taking some comfort from promising early milk production.

Scallop harvest reduced

Scallops 4:46pm Commercial scallop harvest plan approved with a reduced take in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Think outside the square

Instead of buying the new Holden this year, buy in a few truckloads of bales. Louise Giltrap works on the "prepare for the worst, hope for the best" theory when it comes to planning for the weather.

Trim milk season not a disaster

It is super trim season yes, but milk and disaster, no.

Can it be slowed?

Possible dairying scenario

Effluent dumping bid opposed

Dairy effluent A farmer has applied to extend a dairy effluent discharge permit.

Dairy rebound not certain

Dairy prices have flattened after a 40 per cent fall, and volatility is tipped to continue this year.

China needs more NZ milk

Synlait reports strong demand

Mild winter kick starting season

Canterbury farmers smarting from falling milk prices are taking some comfort from promising early milk production.

Rare herd for sale

Colin Lyon with one of his braunvieh cows he farms near Pleasant Point. Colin Lyon hopes someone with the same passion as him will take on his rare Swiss breed of beef cattle to bigger things.

Calves raising revenue stream

Raising wagyu calves in a specialised calf-rearing unit allows Taranaki business to capitalise on strong global demand for premium wagyu beef.

Ties to land endure

Search sector's young leaders

Meat price may disappoint

Sheep and beef farmers warming their hands in advance of better sheepmeat prices have been warned they might be disappointed.

Sheep breeder honoured

Roger Marshall Highly regarded ram breeder and founder of the kelso breed Roger Marshall has been recognised in the Sheep Industry Awards.

Master shearer title delight

Nathan Stratford thinks it's "pretty cool" to be named a master shearer.

Milk dairying for advice

Transparency in wool levy sought

Mild winter a boon for lambers

While the lambing season has been good so far, last season's drought has stunted growth.

Price of cereal grain buoyant

Harvester in action in Canterbury field. A limited carry-over of feed grain from last harvest is keeping up domestic demand and prices.

Northlander takers Young Grower crown

Kiwifruit and avocado specialist Patrick Malley was named Young Grower of the Year last night.

The world's smallest apple

Apples go like a rocket

Seeka profit rebounds

A bumper harvest and new business opportunities help push up first-half profit of the kiwifruit company.

Farm sales still rankle

Farm sales A 2012 farm sale to an overseas buyer still rankles with some farmers who wished to buy the properties themselves.

Memories of little lives lost and saved

John McCaskey yearns for the lambing and calving beats of yore.

Being self sufficient

No more rules

Smart switch could save lives

The scientific smarts of a young Southlander could save lives on farms.

IRD warning for dairying

ird Dairy farmers need to take action now to avoid high Inland Revenue interest being charged on tax owed for the season, warns a tax expert.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Take worries away from clifftops

Cows like to be cool, too

Plantain guru casts light on system

About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.